Electric Rates Cause Quite A Stir

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

Soaring electric rates was a huge debate at one commissioners meeting in Wilson Wednesday because some residents say they can't pay their bills.

In the past two months, local residents powered by Electricities have seen at least a 14 percent rate hike.

An increase, you can understand is difficult to cope with.

Members of Citizens of Fair Utilities, a group recently formed in Rocky Mount addressed Electricities and the Eastern Power Agency commissioners at a meeting in Wilson.

Electricities was created back in the 60's, 32-city's and towns bought into the not-for-profit to supply power to residents.

The problem, debt issues among other things have sent prices soaring.

A cost, some local business owners say they can't afford.

Representatives from Electricities say they're cutting costs as well, they've already slashed staff. The problem, they have to pay operating costs as well, and it looks like no end is in sight.

Electricities says if anything prices could go up, doesn't look like they'll be going down anytime soon.

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  • by michael R. Location: Rocky Mount, NC on Apr 5, 2009 at 06:22 PM
    how can these cities even say they are cutting costs,when most if not all are driving brand new vehicles,and driving the vehicles home and to do personal chores and trips in these vehicles, spending tax payers money. so where are the cutbacks..........
  • by anonymous Location: anonymous on Mar 26, 2009 at 07:06 AM
    this comment is about the electrical rates in wilson, as a citizen and an employee, i see first hand the unfairness in the utilities. for instance some people get to not pay they're bills for months (or set up on payment plan), others does not have that option. the truth is there still a lot of prejudic in wilson, because the bills on the east side of town are much higher than the ones on the west side of town, but they always use the excuse that the house is old (no insulation) or some other excuse. the utilities commission should step in and do a comparison on the charges from the east side of town versus the west side of town. i know this for a fact, because i see it first hand everyday. you don't even see the meter readers reading meters like you used too. as i said the utilities commission needs to step in. debt issues should not be taken care of by the public. this is no reason to make people suffer. there should not be any differences from one side of town to the other.

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